‘I Think it’s Just Silly’- Peter King Slams the Latest Draft Odds For Justin Fields

Published 04/17/2021, 5:15 AM EDT
Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney embraces quarterback Justin Fields (1) after defeating the Clemson Tigers during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


Justin Fields has had a tumultuous time recently. The Ohio State quarterback was one of the most exciting prospects entering the draft this year. However, in recent weeks, Field’s stock fell significantly.

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Originally, Fields was supposed to be a Top-3 prospect but fell off. But now, it appears he’s back among the favorites, and San Francisco is likely to snatch him up at #3.

However, Peter King isn’t entirely sold about this yet. He spoke about the latest bookies’ odds about the NFL draft. He criticized the entire speculative process in the build-up to the draft.

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King questioned how the odds can shift so dramatically just off the back of Justin Fields‘ pro-day. King also questioned whether this would have happened if Mac Jones also had his pro day this week and 49ers representatives were in attendance.

Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) celebrates after a touchdown pass against the Clemson Tigers during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

“It’s all nonsensical to me. So much of pre-draft stuff is nonsensical. But the reason that it is nonsensical is that if Mac Jones had had a pro day this week and Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch were standing there on the sidelines, do you think those odds would still be the same? I don’t. ”

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Furthermore, King did note that perhaps the oddsmakers had some degree of internal knowledge that he didn’t. However, he couldn’t take any of these instances seriously.

King is of the belief that it is ridiculous to make any kind of assumption off one pro day. The presence of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch doesn’t necessarily mean that the franchise will draft Justin Fields with their #3 overall pick.

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“Whoever makes those odds could very well know something. I don’t know anything though. It just seems a little silly that the fact that you had these guys standing there at a pro day watching a workout…now they’re picking Justin Fields. I think it’s just silly.”

Who should the San Francisco 49ers draft this year? It appears that they want to bring in a new quarterback this year. Most analysts predicted that the 49ers would select Mac Jones.

However, now their interest in Justin Fields may be renewed. The 49ers could do far worse than Fields, who led Ohio State to the national championship game last year.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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